Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

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United States
Under Secretary of State
for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
US Department of State official seal.svg
Seal of the United States Department of State
Bruce Wharton 2011.jpg
Bruce Wharton (acting)[1]

since December 8, 2016
Nominator President of the United States
Inaugural holder Evelyn S. Lieberman
Formation 1999
Website Official Website

The Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs is a position within the U.S. Department of State that is intended to help ensure that public diplomacy is practiced in combination with public affairs and traditional diplomacy to advance U.S. interests and security. The Under Secretary oversees three bureaus at the Department of State: Educational and Cultural Affairs, Public Affairs, and International Information Programs. Also reporting to the Under Secretary are the Office of Policy, Planning and Resources for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

The position was created on October 1, 1999, during the Clinton administration after Title XIII, Section 1313 of the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681-776). Section 2305 of the Act (112 Stat. 2681-825) increased the number of Under Secretaries of State from five to six. Subdivision A of the Act, also known as the Foreign Affairs Agencies Consolidation Act of 1998, abolished the United States Information Agency and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

List of Under Secretaries of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs[edit]

Name In office Image President(s) served under
Evelyn Lieberman October 1, 1999-January 19, 2001 Evelyn S Lieberman.jpg Bill Clinton
Charlotte Beers October 2, 2001-March 28, 2003 No image.svg George W. Bush
Margaret D. Tutwiler December 16, 2003-June 30, 2004 Tutwilermd 175.jpg George W. Bush
Karen Hughes September 9, 2005-December 14, 2007 KarenHughes.jpg George W. Bush
James K. Glassman June 10, 2008-January 15, 2009 James K Glassman.JPG George W. Bush
Judith McHale May 26, 2009-July 2011 McHale-Judith-officialphoto 150 1.jpg Barack Obama
Kathleen Stephens February 6, 2012-April 4, 2012 Kathleen Stevens.jpg Barack Obama
Tara Sonenshine April 5, 2012-July 1, 2013 Tara D. Sonenshine US State Dept photo.jpg Barack Obama
Richard Stengel February 11, 2014-December 7, 2016 Richard Stengel 2014.jpg Barack Obama
Bruce Wharton December 8, 2016-Present Bruce Wharton 2011.jpg Barack Obama
Donald Trump



  1. ^ "Foreign Service Retirements, and State Department Farewells and Departures". December 8, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 

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